A Message From Amnesty International – Troy Anthony Davis

troy-anthony-davisTroy Anthony Davis faces execution for the murder of Police Officer Mark MacPhail in Georgia, despite a strong claim of innocence. 7 out of 9 witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony, no murder weapon was found and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime.

This week the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Troy Davis’ bid for a new trial. In a 2-1 vote, the court cited technical reasons to reject Davis’ petition for a hearing.

But all hope is not lost. Troy has 30 days to file another petition with the US Supreme Court.

Although the Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles has voted to deny clemency, the governor of Georgia can still exercise leadership to ensure that his death sentence is commuted. Please urge him to demonstrate respect for fairness and justice by supporting clemency for Troy Davis.

Troy and his lawyers are doing everything they can to fight this decision from the inside. It is up to us to turn up the pressure on the outside. Even if you’ve taken action before, keep flooding Governor Perdue’s office with emails demanding justice for Troy. And pass the action on to everyone you know. There is power in numbers and when you stand behind Troy Davis, you make the fight for justice even stronger!

We can’t thank you enough.

In solidarity,
Sue, Brian, Jessie, and the rest of the Death Penalty Campaign team

P.S. Save the date — National Day of Solidarity for Troy Davis coming in May. We’ll be in touch soon to let you know how you can support Troy in your own community!

Published by the LA Progressive on April 19, 2009
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Sharon Kyle, J.D. is the Publisher of the LA Progressive which she co-founded with her husband Dick Price. Ms. Kyle is an adjunct professor of law at Peoples College in Los Angeles. She sits on the board of the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills Chapter and is on the editorial board of the BlackCommentator.com. Photo courtesy Wadeva Images. www.wadevaimages.com